Written by: Brian Myers
Since October 2017, Nancy Tora has volunteered for the Red Cross in the Poconos region. She has completed 294 hours of volunteer time since then. Nancy’s multiple roles include her service in the Financial Department, on-boarding new volunteers and working on special projects. Additionally, she has served as a volunteer instructor for Volunteer Services.
I had a chance to briefly talk with Nancy about her volunteer work that she has done all across Eastern Pennsylvania.
Why did you choose to support the Red Cross?
“I previously worked in special education and that job ended. I was ready for a new challenge in my life.”
Where do you do your volunteer work?
“I volunteer at the Stroudsburg office, in the Poconos. And then also in the Wilkes-Barre office and the Scranton office. So, I kind of bounce around.”
What are some of your duties?
“In the Financial Development, I work as the Special Events Planning Assistant or just Special Events Assistant. I’m also a Volunteer Engagement Lead.”
So basically, you work at getting events and financing together?
“Not so much in dealing with the financing. What we do is put together the fundraisers for the Red Cross. For example, last month we just had the big one, the Red Ball in Philadelphia, which was a lot of work but also really glamorous and exciting. It was held at Lincoln Financial Field. And that was really neat.”
How does your work help the community?
“Well, in the financial development it’s all about the fundraising. The money we raise goes to fund the Sound the Alarm events and for when a disaster strikes, the money goes to vehicles, fuel, and food.”
It sounds like you’re really involved then?
“Yeah! I love it. I’m having a really good time and the people I meet are just phenomenal.”
How might other people volunteer to do the same work that you do?
“Actually, it’s really simple. You go to RedCross.org and right there, that first page asks: ‘Are you a volunteer? Do you want to volunteer? And once you fill out that form, the opportunities are just endless. You know, a lot of people, when you say ‘Red Cross’ think it’s just volunteering to help out with disaster assistance and giving blood. That’s a huge part of what the Red Cross does, but there are also so many other opportunities. There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer in the Financial Development and through community outreach. There are so many moving parts in the Red Cross, and no single part is more important than any other one. And I tell people all the time that nothing happens without the volunteers!”
Thanks for your time, Nancy! And come join us as a volunteer! You won’t regret it!